“I hope it's the last time,” he said. “That ain't bad. But it's two too many.”
Young declined to discuss the specifics of his procedure.
“I feel great,” he said. “I had no symptoms going into this procedure; I have no symptoms coming out. I'm no different today than I was three weeks ago. I have some tremendous doctors.
“I'm anxious to get back.”
Now it's time for him to do some doctoring to his defense, although he dismisses any notion that things would have gone differently had he been there on the sideline at Arizona.
“Obviously, it wouldn't have been any different if I'd been there,” Young said. “But it would have been easier on me if I had been there.”
Easier on the players, too.
“Me as a defensive lineman, as much as I care about coach Young personally, it meant a lot,” said Cooper Bassett. “And it hurt not having him there. We missed him. You can't help but miss a guy like that.
“But at the end of the day, we as players are the ones executing on the field. And we didn't get the job done, whether coach Young was there or wasn't. We didn't get it done.”
And Young didn't have any fun.
Unlike with many OSU fans, there were no nachos and beer flowing at the Young residence. Just a lot of anxiety, with the game blaring throughout the house on his surround sound system.
He said there was a moment where he considered calling around to the restaurants to see who had DISH, before relying on the Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen to set the scene on via radio.
“The ups and downs … it's a lot easier being in the game than going through that,” Young said. “You kind of know what the calls are. You can visualize what's taking place. Still, you don't know if it was a zone blitz or a man blitz or this or that. You're kind of in the dark a bit, even though they did a great job trying to describe the game.
“There's not much you can do. I'm just like the other fans at that point in time. You can just hope for the best.”
Bassett said he can only imagine the scene.
“I can't envision him being very happy,” Bassett said. “I know it hurt him a whole bunch. Coach Young doesn't have any kids, we're his kids. And it makes you hurt a little bit more, because it means so much to him and we mean so much to him, to let him down like that hurts more.
“I'm sure there were a few choice words said. I'm sure Coach Young was coaching from his chair. Unfortunately, we couldn't hear him.”